A small plane crashed into a high-rise residential building in New York City Wednesday afternoon, killing at least two people. Authorities say one of those killed was Cory Lidle, a pitcher for the New York Yankees professional baseball team.
Television footage from the scene showed fire and smoke pouring out of four windows on two floors of the building on Manhattan's upper east side. New York Governor George Pataki went on television shortly after the crash to reassure citizens there was no evidence of terrorism.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg told reporters after the crash authorities handled the emergency operations according to plan and that he is proud of how everyone responded. Bloomberg said he is thankful the situation was not more serious.
Although the crash appeared to be an accident, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, known as NORAD, sent out fighter aircraft to patrol the airspace over several U.S. cities.
Authorities say the aircraft was a fairly new Cirrus SR-20 single engine plane and was registered to Lidle. Reports also say Lidle's passport was found at the crash scene.
The National Transportation Safety Board says it will be gathering maintenance records and expects a comprehensive investigation.
The crash revived memories of the September 11th terrorist attacks in 2001 when terrorists flew aircraft into each of the World Trade Center towers.